Staff

Executive Director

Jennifer Beaston Hedrick

Jennifer Beaston Hedrick

Jen was born in Pennsylvania, but spent her childhood moving around the United States and most of her adulthood moving around the world. She majored in Finance and International Business for her B.S. from the University of Colorado, but more importantly learned to love the outdoors by backpacking and skiing at every opportunity. Jen completed her MBA at Thunderbird both at their Phoenix campus and took advantage of their campus outside of Geneva so she could live in Chamonix to ski, hike, mountain bike and commute down for classes.

Jen brings deep experience in both business and development work, primarily in Africa, but also in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Eagle Mount she was the Country Director for Peace Corps Rwanda. Before that she was Chief Operating Officer for Tostan, a human rights organization working in communities across Africa. Earlier in her career she worked in investment banking, international banking, IT, social venture capital and was a Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal.

Jen and her husband, Chris Hedrick moved to Bozeman in the Summer of 2016, because they found it to truly be the “Best Last Place”. A wonderful community to raise their 4 wonderful younger boys, and host visits from their 2 independent older boys and 3 adorable grandchildren.

Development Director

Heather Collins

Heather Collins

Big Sky Kids Director

Kara Erickson

Kara Erickson

Kara was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, which perhaps explains her love of nature and her strong aversion to being indoors! Since graduating from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in English Literature, Kara has traveled through the mountains of New Zealand, led adventure-based trips for teens around the world, and lived in a cabin in Colorado with zero cell reception (or wifi!) where she taught Environmental Science and led ropes courses to visiting Denver schools and children with disabilities. A jack of many trades, Kara has also worked as a camp counselor, sailing instructor, ceramics teacher, and horseback riding teacher, and she is beyond excited to be the Big Sky Kids Program Director here at Eagle Mount!

Thrilled to be living in Montana, Kara is happiest when she is hiking, horseback riding, camping, or snowboarding, and is ecstatic to be able to share some of her greatest passions with the wonderful families, volunteers, and donors who are involved in the Big Sky Kids program! While she definitely misses the warm ocean in Hawaii, the community she has found here is truly incredible, and she feels so lucky to be a part of it!

Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Director

Maggee Harrison

Maggee Harrison

Maggee was raised in northeastern Connecticut where she was an active horse 4-H member. She attended the University of Connecticut and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science. While at UCONN she helped reinstate a collegiate 4-H Club, was inducted into Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Honor Society), assisted in the establishment of the Women’s Indoor Polo team and started the Mounted Drill Team. She has significant post graduate work in Special Education from George Mason University prior to relocating to Montana. She has worked in medical research and bovine genetic engineering. She is the past-president of the Bozeman Area Special Education PTA which she helped establish in 2004.
Maggee is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Riding Instructor and serves as the PATH State Chair for Montana. She became a PATH Mentor in 2010 and teaches Eagle Mount’s Instructor in Training course in the summer.

Adaptive Sports Director

Vasu Sojitra

Vasu Sojitra

When Vasu was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. Since then, Vasu has not looked back; with the help of his parents, brother, and friends, Vasu has built up the confidence needed to face new challenges with grace, courage, strength, humor, and unwavering determination.

Vasu witnessed extreme poverty growing up in India, and has been living most of his life with a “dis”ability. He looks at these experiences as a blessing; they have both allowed him to truly hone in on his ability to empathize with others. He continues to strengthen this muscle by pursuing his passion of helping others through his work in advocacy for those who face mental and physical limitations. Vasu will continue to inspire others to be a positive influence in their own communities by pushing personal limits, putting others first, and encouraging people to believe in themselves and in their own unique abilities!

Aquatics Director

Amber Waters

Amber Waters

Amber is a Montana native. Growing up in Billings, she swam competitively from grade school through high school, and continues to swim with the Bozeman Masters. After graduating high school, she spent several summers as an EMT and Park Ranger for Yellowstone National Park and volunteered in the winters with the Cooke City Search and Rescue team. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University .Since moving to Bozeman with her husband in 2007, Amber has taught in the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Rural Schools. She has also been a regular volunteer with the Eagle Mount swim program and an Aquatic Coach for Special Olympics. She is excited to be part of the Eagle Mount team.

Finance Director

Tracey Wheeler

Tracey Wheeler

Tracey is a second generation Montanan. She has been working for Eagle Mount for the past eighteen years as the Director of Finance. Along with working for Eagle Mount she raised two children, and helps run her family’s restaurant and catering business located in Four Corners, Montana.

Big Sky Ski Program Director

Sarah Wolf

Sarah Wolf

Running overland operations and logistics across the African, Asian, European and South American continents, immersing herself and working in tribal and untouched regions around the world, navigating and diving uncharted Arctic and tropical waters, teaching outdoor education and survival skills; for 18+ years living and working, Sarah was there as a trained expedition guide, Wilderness EMT, diesel mechanic, Dive Instructor, explorer, leader and a survivor.

Sarah brings extraordinary diversity to Eagle Mount. Before landing in Montana in 2009, to pursue the orthopedic medical device world, she grew up in Spokane, WA where skiing was an integral part of her life. She graduated from the University of Arizona in Communications and Business (with a year abroad at the University of Salzburg, Austria). Before taking on the Director position for Big Sky, she volunteered with Eagle Mount for 5 years and held the Assistant Director position for three years.

Sarah's years of engaging, problem solving and organizing provides a valuable foundation working with people of all ages, abilities and temperaments. Her natural teaching and people skills mesh well with Eagle Mount. Her love for diversity, enthusiasm, and interest for learning and advancing her skill set is endless. She understands success and disappointment and what it takes to conquer the Eagle Mount Mission....challenges and adventures.

Staff

Kim Bankert

Kim Bankert

Bridger Ski Assistant

Claire Brunner

Claire Brunner

Horsemanship Instructor

Leslie Dominick

Leslie Dominick

Family Support Coordinator

Dana Eklund

Dana Eklund

Horsemanship Assistant Director

Colleen Hébert

Colleen Hébert

Horticulture Coordinator

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Kimberly Hightower

Executive Assistant

Katie Jacobson

Katie Jacobson

Horsemanship Volunteer Coordinator

Caroline Miller

Caroline Miller

Big Sky Kids Assistant

Pearl Nixon

Pearl Nixon

Finance Assistant

Trevor Olson

Trevor Olson

Bridger Sit Ski Assistant

Maggie Perrott

Maggie Perrott

Aquatics Assistant Director/SNO Director

Karna Ringham

Karna Ringham

All Abilities Swim Program Coordinator

Megan Shaver

Megan Shaver

Adaptive Sports Coordinator

Jocelyn Stott

Jocelyn Stott

Horsemanship Program Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie Uter

Stephanie Uter

Events Manager

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Jen Wendel

Aquatics Instructor

Pat Whitlock

Pat Whitlock

Young at Heart Instructor

Jenny Woodham

Jenny Woodham

Adaptive Sports Program Manager